Man ordered to face charge of threatening Obama

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  1. LAS VEGAS – A federal judge in Las Vegas has ordered a man be transferred to Utah to face a charge of threatening President Barack Obama, even as the man's defense attorney and family pleaded that the suspect get mental health treatment.

    U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert Johnston said Monday that while 36-year-old Daniel James Murray's "mental health status seems to be severely compromised," the former armored car company employee was a threat to the community and a flight risk.

    Murray's court-appointed lawyer had argued that Murray was mentally ill and did not pose as serious a threat as prosecutors had alleged.

    Murray, who was arrested Friday outside a casino in Laughlin, was not asked to enter a plea to the charge of threats against the president. The charge carries a possible sentence of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

    The U.S. Secret Service said Murray threatened the president while banking at Zions First National Bank in St. George, Utah. It said Murray was the registered owner of at least eight firearms.

    Murray had a "lengthy history of mental illness," the prosecutor said, for what she termed "schizo-affective disorder of a bipolar type" and delusions. Craig said Murray had been hospitalized eight times in New York State in recent years for treatment.

    Craig also called Murray a transient with a criminal history dating to 2002 who had become "increasingly violent and aggressive" in recent months.

    She said Murray had been convicted of making a false bomb threat report in New York, had been accused of threatening his father with a knife, and had a restraining order prohibiting him from going near his mother after cracking her car windshield.

    "He has a mental illness and he needs help," his mother, Barbara Murray, told The Associated Press from her home in Clifton Park, N.Y. "We're very concerned and we love him. But he's not well."

    Sounds like the ET crew.